Aspiring members have to pass a 48-hour peer vote to be accepted as one of the ‘beautiful people’.

They regularly host members’ events where allegedly you have to look as attractive as your profile photo otherwise entry to the venue is refused.

It sounds harsh, but the site claims that by admitting people based on their looks they’re removing the first hurdle of dating, saying that because everyone on the site is a fitty, members can concentrate on getting to know people’s character and personalities. If you buy a 6-month membership, you’ll get a reduced price of £7.50 per month.

This is the ideal site for those who want to bypass the usual filtering of profiles based on looks and focus on getting to know people they know they will be attracted to. A similar taste in music can be a great indicator as to whether you’re compatible with someone, so the fine folks behind Tastebuds have struck gold with their music-based online datingsite.

Getting started is dead simple: pick three artists or bands that you’re interested in, the gender you’re looking to date and press ‘go’.

To become a member, applicants are required to be voted in by existing members of the opposite sex.

Members rate new applicants over a 48-hour period based on whether or not they find the applicant ‘beautiful’.

A great starting point for people who have not tried online dating before and want to try it for free. is the brainchild of TV presenter Sarah Beeny and it works by each member on the site being put forward and described by a friend.

The site aims to get rid of the ‘cringe factor’ associated with having to big yourself up through your online profile and makes it more of a fun community, where like-minded people can chat, meet and potentially fall in How much does it cost? The experts say: For those who are at a loss as how to sell themselves in 500 words or less, this site offers the opportunity to be described by your friend.

It’s aimed at time-starved professionals, who due to busy work and social lives simply don’t have the time to date.

Lovestruck helps put you in touch with people who are near you – be it where you work or live – to save you precious minutes or hours travelling to and from a date. The experts say: Perfect if you are looking for love in the city and want to approach dating with an informal first meet in your lunch break or after work.

These messages will be from their username and not their real email address, protecting both your and their privacy. In fact, it’s fairly similar to our old friends Match, mentioned above.

Everyone who sets up a profile is a member on the site, but if you want to contact someone you need to be a paying subscriber. It’s free to join and browse matches but for a year’s full access, it costs £10.50 a month. You can start looking at potential dates for free, then when you like the look of someone and fancy striking up a conversation, you need to subscribe. The experts say: This site is owned by the dating giant MEETIC and gives you access to 20 million members across Europe and it also merged with in 2009.

It also has a handy instant messenger service which makes chatting to your matches easy and breezy. A daily email suggests six members you might be interested in, which is a useful feature that doesn’t feel like you’re being bombarded but provides you enough choice to find a compatible date. This is sold as a serious online dating site for ‘discerning singles.’ A bit like e Harmony, PARSHIP uses a patented test, this time called The PARSHIP principle®, which analyzes 32 personality traits and is based on an algorithm of 136 rules.